Sign Gilding on Glass
"250" Door Sign
Palladium Leaf was applied to washed antique glass using traditional gelatin size. After double gilding, to insure complete coverage of the gilded areas, the stencil is carefully removed. The background and the back of the numbers is painted (2 coats) with a sign painters oil paint. The entire back of the sign is then sealed with a marine glass varnish to protect from abrasion during future cleaning.
Sign Gilding on Carved Wood
Legend has it that the art of hand carved wood signage had its origin in colonial New England.
Local authorities ordained to require sea-faring captains to have their vessel's name carved directly on the ship so that identification could be made in the event of an unfortunate ship wreck. It is not know when the practice of gilding the incised carved lettering came into vogue, but we know today that hand carved, gilded signage is one of the most elegant branches of sign artistry.
Fire engines and other vehicles from 1825 to 1940 were often decorated with gold scrolls that were embellished to look like three dimensional carvings. After the gold was applied as a silhouette shape, the artist would apply layers of transparent glazes to simulate shadows.
White lines and dots were then added to represent highlights on the gold. The finished effect appears dimensional. Similar techniques are used to decorate furniture and architectural details. Today, gilding is still used on fire engines, as well as on trucks, boats, motorcycles and more.